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I have a 450W Huntkey Green Power. I couldn't find any information about its quality, but I did read that the 450W Green Star explodes when you get close to 450W. Should I get another PSU? I checked my requirements with http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine and 35% capacitor ageing, and it gives me a minimum of 311W and a recommended wattage of 361W. Also, I couldn't find my GPU (GeForce GT520) in the list, so I chose my old one (GeForce 210).
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I've never heard of the brand or model before but I never go with cheap PSU's. They're one of the most important components in your rig and if it does go, you don't want it taking other parts with it.

Anyway, if you are able to get a good deal on a nice quality unit, then go for it. You'll only need a low powered unit so it shouldn't be too expensive.

Be sure to check out the recommended PSU lists found on this forum. The thread can be found here

Hope this helps smile.gif
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Huntkey brings up nothing but red flags for me because I've never seen any of the true PSU experts on here say anything good about it. In fact, I've only ever seen them say bad things about it. I would replace it ASAP because its power delivery is very likely to be very dirty, "noisy" and unstable. This is physically harmful to computer systems over time.

 

I'm surprised that you're not reporting random computer problems that are difficult to explain or diagnose (including lock-ups and blue screens).

 

Now according to your profile, you're in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. Are there any online stores you can order from? If so, then what are they? How much can you spend in your currency?

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Huntkey brings up nothing but red flags for me because I've never seen any of the true PSU experts on here say anything good about it. In fact, I've only ever seen them say bad things about it. I would replace it ASAP because its power delivery is very likely to be very dirty, "noisy" and unstable. This is physically harmful to computer systems over time.

I'm surprised that you're not reporting random computer problems that are difficult to explain or diagnose (including lock-ups and blue screens).

Now according to your profile, you're in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. Are there any online stores you can order from? If so, then what are they? How much can you spend in your currency?

I know that an unstable PSU can cause damage, as I've seen it before. I've also seen what an exploding PSU can do. The only issue I have is that my PC turns itself on at about 2 am and I couldn't find the solution. I replaced my motherboard and CPU since it started, I have a new case and switch, and I replaced my PSU for that reason before noticing that it's always at the same time.

Since I don't like buying online, I'm limited to what the local stores can give me. How's Cooler Master's PSUs?
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I know that an unstable PSU can cause damage, as I've seen it before. I've also seen what an exploding PSU can do. The only issue I have is that my PC turns itself on at about 2 am and I couldn't find the solution. I replaced my motherboard and CPU since it started, I have a new case and switch, and I replaced my PSU for that reason before noticing that it's always at the same time.

Since I don't like buying online, I'm limited to what the local stores can give me. How's Cooler Master's PSUs?

 

Some of Cooler Master's PSUs are ok and some are to be avoided. This is generally the same way with all brands. I recommend using the list that Crooksy linked above. Here it is again:

 

http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

 

I don't know why your computer is always turning on at 2 am.

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If you can, ANY Seasonic or Corsair is fine. Some Coolermasters are good, also Rosewill. I say Corsair cuz ALL of their PSU's are good, so instead of going through a list, just get one thumb.gif
 
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Not all of Corsair's PSUs are good, but their "bad" units are certainly much better than this Huntkey PSU.

 

For example, some of the Corsair PSUs I would avoid are the CX430, CX500, CX600, and this new "VS" series they have now. I think "VS" means "Value Series". The reason I would avoid these is you can usually get a superior unit for about the same selling price as these because Corsair's PSUs are overpriced. You're paying for the Corsair brand name.

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Originally Posted by PimpSkyline View Post

If you can, ANY Seasonic or Corsair is fine. Some Coolermasters are good, also Rosewill. I say Corsair cuz ALL of their PSU's are good, so instead of going through a list, just get one thumb.gif

But they tend to be more expensive and when they're not necessarily needed, it's not the best choice. There are better alternatives to Corsair for different scenarios.
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post #9 of 69
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

Not all of Corsair's PSUs are good, but their "bad" units are certainly much better than this Huntkey PSU.

For example, some of the Corsair PSUs I would avoid are the CX430, CX500, CX600, and this new "VS" series they have now. I think "VS" means "Value Series". The reason I would avoid these is you can usually get a superior unit for about the same selling price as these because Corsair's PSUs are overpriced. You're paying for the Corsair brand name.

Screw you, it was my turn this time frown.gif

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Nah but x2 - gotta remember, Corsair + SeaSonic are not the end all and be all. In fact, some Corsair PSUs are actually pretty .. well .. crap.
Huntkey is dodgy.

Wonder if he can get Rosewill in his location.

@OP: Can you provide some places you are able to buy from?
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